In the Journal of the National Cancer Institute this week, researchers in the US and France analyze four prospective cohort studies to determine the association between prediagnostic plasma immunoglobulin E levels and the risk of adult glioma. Increased levels of serum IgE have been inversely associated with risk of glioma, the authors write. For this study, the team combined data from four previous studies and analyzed IgE levels of 169 glioma patients and 520 controls.

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An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.